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June 2, 2005 | Brenda Rees
Buzz Aldrin has faced many challenges in his life -- as an Air Force pilot manning 66 combat missions during the Korean War, a student of astronautics at MIT and one of the first astronauts to walk on the moon. Now, Aldrin will brave another test of his nerves of steel: a roomful of wide-eyed kids. Aldrin will be on hand Sunday as part of a family matinee day sponsored by Every Picture Tells a Story bookstore and the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.
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BUSINESS
December 11, 2007
Sales in the U.S. and Canada, Dec. 7-9: Movie (studio): 1. The Golden Compass (New Line) 3-day gross (millions): $25.8 Total (millions): $25.8 Venues: 3,528 Average per venue: $7,308 Weeks: 1 -- Movie (studio): 2. Enchanted (Disney) 3-day gross (millions): $10.7 Total (millions): $83.9 Venues: 3,520 Average per venue: $3,042 Weeks: 3 -- Movie (studio): 3. This Christmas (Sony) 3-day gross (millions): $5.0 Total (millions): $42.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 2003 | Elizabeth Jensen, Times Staff Writer
Doubleday and CBS are trading sharp words over CBS' surprise Saturday broadcast of a special on the making of its upcoming movie about the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping, which upset the publisher's carefully crafted media plan to launch a book on the topic. Both CBS and Doubleday have rights to a portion of the Smart story, CBS for its Nov. 9 movie "The Elizabeth Smart Story" and Doubleday for a book on the ordeal, to be published Tuesday, from the Utah teen's parents, Ed and Lois Smart.
NEWS
June 2, 2005 | Valli Herman, Times Staff Writer
Here's the choice: You can rush across town to the megaplex, wait in separate lines for $5 parking, $14 tickets and $6 popcorn, only for the pleasure of a loudmouth talking over all the best dialogue. Or, you can slide the latest DVD from Netflix into your 12-speaker, high-definition home theater system, order a pizza and become one with your La-Z-Boy and fantasies of being as funny as Vince Vaughn. Face it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1988
As a strike by Hollywood writers entered its second day, negotiators for the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers met Tuesday under the auspices of a federal mediator. Spokesmen for the two sides did not disclose whether progress was made during the daylong session at the mediator's office in Los Angeles. The talks were to resume Thursday in alliance headquarters in Sherman Oaks.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 1987
The third annual Latin American film series, Ventana Latina (Latin Window), will feature a film every other Monday in February, March and April. The free series will be held at 7:30 p.m. at San Diego State University's Hepner Hall. Among the six films to be screened is the Academy Award-winning movie "The Official Story" (March 9). This movie portrays the aftermath of the war perpetrated by the Argentine military dictatorship. It is the most recently released film in the series.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 2, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Sure, Carrie Underwood might have lost out to brassy spitfire Miranda Lambert at the 46th Country Music Assn. Awards in Nashville on Thursday. But the host - who pulled off the duty for a fifth time with fellow country star Brad Paisley - is reveling in all the attention the genre is currently getting. With country-pop sweetheart Taylor Swift sitting at the top of the Billboard charts, a soapy ABC drama anchored in Nashville and Underwood's tour itinerary expanding - this year included her first dates in Europe and Australia and she extended the regularly sold-out trek well into 2013 - Underwood boasts, “It's a fun time for country.” RELATED: Trying to keep up with Carrie Underwood When we caught up with Underwood ahead of her recent “Blown Away” tour stop and CMA gig (CMT will re-broadcast the ceremony Nov. 19 at 9 p.m.)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Even though her episodes have yet to hit the airwaves, Nicki Minaj's addition to the “American Idol” panel has already been one of the competition's more polarizing decisions during its decade-plus history. Fans of the aging singing competition were vocal about what the entertainer -- known for  bawdy, razor-sharp raps, colorful wigs and eye-popping garb a la Lady Gaga -- could bring to the panel, especially after the ballyhooed signing of pop diva Mariah Carey. Online commenters questioned her ability to offer credible criticism to aspiring singers, given her hip-hop background, while others felt she shouldn't be on a panel with an industry veteran such as Carey.
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